Android Basics #1

This is an ongoing project that will be added to as time permits.  And as such you may find that at times it looks unfinished… Because it is.

Initial Setup
On initial setup (new device or after flashing a new ROM) skip through the setup screen until you see this…


Enter your primary Gmail account.  Be sure to use the one that you want everything tied to such as your contacts list as well as any applications you may purchase from Google Play aka the Market.

What about adding other email accounts?  You can always use the native android Mail client.  However, it really sucks.  Third party applications rule here.  K9 Mail is efficient & customizable.   Find it free in the Play Store. 

Haptic Feedback
How do I shut off this crazy vibration every time I touch the screen? This is simple. Use the following to navigate to the proper place and uncheck one box.
Menu/System Settings/Sound/
Now scroll down until you find “Vibration Feedback” near the bottom. Simply uncheck the box.

How to add/remove Home Screen icons
The ability to add, remove or rearrange Home Screen elements is simply one of the best features of android.

Long press on any Home Screen icon or widget to move its position or to drop it in the “Trash Can” to remove it from the screen.

You want to add an icon from the application drawer? Simply open the app drawer, long press and hold on the chosen application and then release it on the Home Screen. Now move it to the desired spot.

Adding new widgets is a matter of long pressing on an open space on the Home Screen on which you wish to see the widget. Long press pops up a menu which gives you several options. Choose widget, this allows you to scroll through the available selections.

How do I change the wallpaper?
There are two painfree methods for setting wallpaper. Both achieve the same results.

Long press on the Home Screen and choose “Wallpaper” from the menu. Then choose Gallery, navigate to the proper folder and make your selection, click on the image, click “More”, then “Set As.”

Exiting an Application
When exiting an application there are two easy ways to accomplish this, each giving different results. Simply hitting the “Home” key will immediately bring you from whatever screen you happen to be on straight to the Home Screen. This is ok most of the time. However, this method leaves the application you were previously using in an open/active state. I will often times do this so that I can get right back to what I had been doing at a later time. By far the best method of exiting an application once finished using it is to hit the “Back Arrow” until you arrive back on the Home Screen.

QBall45’s recommended applications
ES File Explorer – you will likely want/need a file explorer. This one is efficient and free.

K9 Mail – simply one of the better 3rd party mail handling clients. It is also free.

BeWeather – this is a fantastic weather application. I highly recommend it. Both free and paid.

Plume – a personal favorite Twitter client.
SwiftKey 3 – this is one of the very best 3rd party keyboards. Very much worth its price. The predicted text is fabulous. Free trial and paid.

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